Excerpt: The audiophile realm is full of mystery and intrigue to most people. Those on the periphery want desperately to be in on it, and the ones deeply entrenched in it, pontificate eloquently in an almost pseudo-sciencey way.
Excerpt: Founded in 1945 as “Laboratorium Wennebostel,” Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser’s namesake company is now known around the world as a leading manufacturer of headphones and professional microphones.
Excerpt: The Sennheiser HD800 is one of the best headphones money can buy, but it’s not without its detractors. It’s not cheap, is demanding of headphone amplifiers (Sennheiser has recently re-entered the headphone amplifier game as a result), and has so much HF detail in tow, some find it too much of a good...
Summary: I have just brought the HD700 last week as my very fist HiFi headphone. Since it just have been burned-in like 50 hours, I can't really tell now.
It sounds amazing out of box, but when play some certain type of music like "Sovngarde" in "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Original Game Soundtrack)", it...
Pros: Super comfortable, sounds great
Cons: Boss is a bit strange, maybe not well burn-in yet
Summary: Designed to fill the gap between the HD 650s and the flagship HD 800s, the new HD 700s essentially share the status of flagship top-of-the-line headphones with the 800s. The open 800s are superb dynamic headphones featuring spatial accuracy and unparalleled imaging.
Pros: Superlative imaging, accuracy and transparency, generous sound stage, comfortable to wear
Cons: Expensive, its accurate sound is what some object to as the Sennheiser "veil"
Summary: Let me begin by saying there is nothing special about these headphones. My first impression of them made me smile because I fell in love with the oral shaped ear cups (I'm a sucker for "small" full ear headphones). Comfort is a highlight that sennheiser did not lose when they made these headphones.
Summary: January 1st 2014
First off "Happy New Year"
Took awhile but my HD700s finally showed up yesterday, a cursory listen (5-6 hrs) mirrored more or less yours and Mike’s impressions.
Pros: Very good imaging, staging is very speaker like, seamless tone from top to bottom, excellent clarity, midrange and tight tuneful bass.
Summary: After building a very exotic valve headphone amp, with a Sophia Mesh Plate Rec. tube, I wanted to match this thermionic marvel with REAL quality phones. I have a pair of AT ATH700 Airs which I love and think excellent value for $160.
Pros: Un-coloured sound, feel solid and professional, removeable and replacable cord.
Cons: The cotton cord with a mind of its own, very open design lets a lot of sound out.
Summary: Just adding a quick summary based on my time with the prototype version of the HD700. In my opinion this is a very good headphone, yet I know it won't be perfect for everybody. But no headphone ever is!
Pros: Exceedingly comfortable, easy to drive, many of the strengths of the HD800 at a lower price
Cons: The price will be an issue if it doesn't get discounted, highs can be bothersome, plastic construction may not feel like $1K headphones